Duration: 1 or 2 weeks
Learn Spanish in Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with
atmosphere, music and dance. Homestay with Cuban Family in a vibrant
maze of neoclassical buildings.
This program is based in ‘Habana Vieja’ – in the heart of the historic old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The area is a myriad of gorgeous neo classical buildings packed with local people living cheek by jowl. At street level there is a constant buzz with musicians playing their trade in the many fantastic bars to be found in this popular neighbourhood. The area is VERY safe, and you will quickly feel comfortably at home. There are lots of interesting shops and quirky art galleries here and most of Cuba’s cultural heritage including national museums also.
You will stay in ‘Casa Jakera’, a licensed Casa Particulare, sharing a dorm room with other student clients OR upon payment single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room including private bathroom. Either way breakfast and lunch are served at ‘Casa Jakera’ and this is the hub of program activities, including; Spanish lessons, group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.
Intensive Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings, leaving the afternoons, evenings and weekends free to enjoy this amazing country.
For ideas how to spend your free time, see ‘Excursions’ below.
Our ‘Learn Spanish in Habana Vieja’ 1 or 2 week program has been crafted to maximize your time in Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Upon arrival Havana International Airport you are picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares* or hostel. This is your home in Havana. Casa Jakera was opened at the end of 2015 and features shared air conditioned bedrooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, dining rooms and lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space (including spacious roof terrace). Here can hang out with new friends or chill on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below. As with most of Havana you will enjoy taking in the atmosphere in this central location which is truly unique.
* Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostal style accommodation. Casa Jakera falls under this latter category and whether you stay at Casa Jakera or another Casa Particular, breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons are taken at Casa Jakera.
Monday to Friday’s intensive Spanish lessons take place shortly after breakfast. Your teacher is licensed and on day one you receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. Lessons take the format of 3 x 45 minute lessons each morning, with 15 minute breaks to refresh, making approximately 3 hours of Spanish lessons each day – 15 hours per week. Lessons are held from 09:00 sharp, Monday to Friday at Casa Jakera.
There are many activities and excursions to occupy your free time. Your host at the Casa will advise you, and we list some of these in the section ‘Excursions’ below.
This program runs from Sunday until Sunday. However, you are welcome to arrive early and/or extend.
Start Dates 2019
Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you receive intensive Spanish tuition comprising 3 x 45 minute lessons spaced with 15 minutes breaks.
Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher. On the first morning there is a short test to establish your level and requirements.
Accommodation Sunday to Sunday (7 nights) in a shared room. (per week)
breakfast & lunch included.
What's Not Included
Dinner: There is a restaurant boom going on in Cuba with Parladares and Peso Café’s opening to visitors for the first time. Cuban’s and long-term travelers on a budget are the target market, so there are lots of characterful, good value eateries to choose from.
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